For sleep apnea patients, there are different treatment options available to them and fortunately, they are covered by medical insurance. One of these treatments, the oral appliance, which moves the jaw forward to open the airway at night, has been used for decades. Studies have shown that this treatment is as successful as the CPAP device and because of that, insurance companies do cover the treatment of an oral device, according to Dr. Rich Gillespie, of Gillespie Dentistry in Vancouver, Washington.
Patients wanting treatment from an oral appliance do need a diagnosis from a physician or a sleep center, so that as a team of a physician and a dentist, they work with the insurance company on the patient's coverage, Dr. Gillespie says.
Dr. Rich Gillespie is a dentist and leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, a featured network of Sequence Media Group. Sleep Better TV provides online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content. For more information on Dr. Gillespie, click here.